What is the Ravens wide receiver outlook in 2022?
By: Jake Rajala
The face of Madden 21, Lamar Jackson, had a down season (which brought out the Madden conspirators), but he will look to return to being one of the most electric signal-callers in the league. In the passing game, LJ will count on
Hollywood Brown Rashod Bateman (515 receiving yds in 2021) to take the next step in his sophomore campaign. Jackson and Bateman recently connected on a 50-yard catch in mini-camp (as shown below).
The Ravens will also expect splash plays from Devin Duvernay and James Proche at the WR position. Duvernay ousted 272 receiving yds and was named first-team as a PR in 2021. It may be wise for the Ravens to extend him in the next off-season. Proche garnered 202 receiving yds last season, but he could be seeking to have a bit more receiving yds in 2022.
It would honestly be an understatement to say the Ravens don’t have a scary WR group. PFF slotted the Ravens WR group as the 28th best WR unit in the league. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise if the Ravens inked one of the following FA wideouts: Will Fuller, T.Y. Hilton, OBJ, Cole Beasley, and Allen Hurns. The Ravens should absolutely look to target a WR early in the 2023 draft.
Nonetheless – let’s not forget that the Ravens still have a greek-god-like pass catcher in TE Mark Andrews. The Ravens TE obtained 107 receptions, 1,361 yds, and 9 TDs (which led him to get first-team All-Pro honors) last season. Andrews signed a four-year contract worth $56 million dollars with BAL last September. I surely expect Andrews (who has only missed three games in his career) to be at least a 1,000+ yd pass catcher in the Hollywood Brown-less offense next season.